A collaborative venture between leading institutes in the Netherlands is aiming to explore the contours of a sustainable seaweed chain this year. The project includes various Wageningen UR institutes, and Marin, Deltares, ECN and TNO.
"The whole world is talking about seaweed, but no major company has invested in it yet. We’re going to change that." Project Leader Floris Groenendijk from IMARES Wageningen UR has a clear vision. "In a seaweed chain that covers the cultivation, harvesting, processing and sale of products, we are going to explore what types of new, promising products can be produced from seaweed."
‘Agriculture at sea can produce sufficient proteins to attain ambitious goals, such as achieving twice as much production with half as much impact on the environment and raw materials, and consequently feed nine billion people in the future,' Willem Brandenburg from Wageningen UR says. ‘That’s simply not possible on land.’
In addition to growing seaweed in the North Sea, the team are also interest in investigating ways of utilising Seaweed waste streams, for example from Norway.
Find out more at http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/newsarticle/New-products-made-from-seaweed.htm